Doubt the two are related could it be oil or coolant leak?
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1998 Chevrolet Malibu Question: Put new battery in few days later engine started making ticking noise
Answer #1csubak30 January 12, 2014, 14:04Master
Sure, it could be an oil leak. Check oil level, if it is good, you can still add a detergent additive to help clean anything sticking and see if it quiets down. If it low, refill to proper level and monitor to see if it is dropping. If so, you will need to locate the leak for further diagnosis.